Hi Everyone. C was supposed to post this, but he fell asleep, and not sure how best to handle this. So, I am taking a stab at it. He fell at work (in early May) off a ten foot ladder and got some staples in his head. They did a CT scan and found that his head was fine but discovered clusters in the lymph nodes in his neck they wanted to have immediately checked. He was all ready to have this surgery done in June, but they postponed it due to the fact the doctor could not feel the swollen nodes. (Sigh of relief!) They did another scan to find they were still there and possibly slightly enlarged. Last Wednesday they did a biopsy, and took out two nodes. We went to the Doctor today and they found that he has Low grade Lymphoma and specifically CLL. (Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia.) We were told it is chronic therefore no cure, but the prognosis is usually good. We are hoping we caught it early. They do not know how long he has had this. It is a slow growing “lazy” cancer. We are in the early stage of this, and will know more next Tuesday when we get the results of the new blood work and scans that he had done today. He had dyes that will identify the markers. They are looking to see if the white cell count is up, if any other lymph nodes are affected, if spleen is enlarged, and they will finally do a bone marrow test. It sounds worse than it probably is. As I said, they say it is slow growing, and many times they just watch it and do not even treat with medications. We do not yet know if that is the case with Clark. We have not been given a stage of his CLL, and he and I are just trying to learn all we can about CLL. Everyone will probably have many questions. We will try to answer them as we gain information. I ask for your prayers and love for him. We think it’s going to be okay, and we are VERY positive and optimistic.
UPDATE: cancer is stage 1 and slow growing, no other swollen lymph nodes… they are doing nothing to treat it, just monitoring his blood count to watch his bone marrow degradation.